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Robert T. Lubic


Diocese of Greensburg

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Diocese of Greensburg

711 East Pittsburgh St.

Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 15601

United States

Company Description

Established in 1954 as the primary social service arm of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Greensburg and rooted in the Gospel and social teaching of the church, our mission is to serve the human needs of individuals and families, regardless of their relig...more

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Employment History

School Chaplain

Geibel Catholic High School


St. John the Baptist Parish


Trust Administrators Inc

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business management

Penn State University

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Rev. Bob Lubic - Diocese of Greensburg, PA

Star Features: Father Bob, the Punk Priest

Father Bob, the Punk Priest | Rev. Robert Lubic, St. Barbara's parochial vicarBob Lubic speaks with the fervor of a Nickelodeon game show host. He sings with the feeling and passion of an actor doing "Jesus Christ Superstar."And he sports bleached spiked hair that makes him resemble Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath. Beyond his earrings, beaded hemp necklace, spiked leather wrist bands and leather sandals is the tip off to Lubic's real profession - his collar. This particular day, the one-inch insert, partially hanging out from the top of his unbuttoned-at-the-neck purplish shirt, is the only thing that betrays he is not a punk star who stopped in seeking solace at St. Barbara Church in Harrison City. The unconventional Lubic serves in one of the world's most conservative and conventional jobs. Lubic is "Father Bob" a.k.a the Rev. Robert Lubic, St. Barbara's parochial vicar, or assistant pastor.Lubic, it appears, has the gift of making God's word relevant in today's world.A dude with a holy attitude, so to speak. Take, for instance, this spring's Holy Communion and confirmation celebration. Lubic takes the mike and begins to work the audience like a stand-up comedian.First, he shares information about his trip to State College for a rock concert - and how he is still cleaning the mud out of his sandals. Then he gets a bit more serious. "God is going to give us some incredible gifts today.Are you excited boys and girls?" "Y-e-s," comes the response. Lubic then asks if anyone knows what those gifts are.Then he begins to sing "da-da-da-da" to the tune of the Jeopardy clock. In a soft voice, a girl answers, "communion and confirmation." "Shout it out, girl, shout it out," Lubic prods."Today God's going to pour an extra special, superduper, industrial-strength dose of the Holy Spirit." To illustrate the point, Lubic mentions a candy that might not melt in the hands of the confirmands, but might leave stains on their crisp white dresses and shirts if he were to pass out samples - M&Ms. "You are what you eat," Lubic begins, attempting to explain the importance of bread and wine, the body and blood of Christ, to the Catholic faithful. Lubic tells the children if they ate mass quantities of M&Ms, they would likely be "puking your guts out all over the floor."Not so with receiving the Eucharist. Then he gets blunt with the parents, saying after the communion party is over and the white clothing put into storage, there is still work to do. "You have to keep Sundays to come and receive Jesus," he admonishes them, while acknowledging that 50 percent will probably not be back to church once the day is done. Now it's time for communion and any perceived irreverence dissolves into an uncommon, very noticeable reverence in delivering the words with feeling, not just by rote.As he sings in preparation for the Eucharist, Lubic's voice crescendos, then softens as he lifts his eyes to the heavens and speaks to God. When it comes time to bow behind the altar, Lubic gets down on his knees and bends all the way to the floor, humbled in the presence of the Lord. Later, he explains that a priest needs to pray the liturgy, not just say it. "If you're just going through the motions, it's time to hang it up. "I believe our worship of God should not be something that's cold and emotionless. The celebration of the sacred mysteries is the heart and soul of my life as a priest." Lubic became a priest against his will. The oldest of five boys, the former altar server came through the Catholic school system, graduating from Geibel High School in his hometown of Connellsville in 1984.He majored in business management at Penn State University. "I went through a period after college of losing my faith, but still going to church because that's the way I was raised." He says going to church was "fire insurance" - not knowing whether God was there or not, but wanting to avoid hell.Because the local job market was poor, he was saving money to move to another area. Lubic did pause and wonder about getting married. "It always turned out God was pulling me stronger.Overall, the feeling was I was where I was supposed to be - a peace deeper than doubt." While in seminary, he served two summers at St. Agnes Church in North Huntingdon, then for nine months as a deacon at St. Barbara.After his ordination in 1996, he spent three years at Mt. St. Peter in New Kensington. In 1999, he returned to St. Barbara.Only three weeks after he started his service, his mother passed away. At the time, his hair was long and pulled back in a ponytail.His father told him to cut his hair before the funeral and he says he couldn't graciously say no. So he traded length for spikes. "I've just always been different." At times, being different has helped Lubic tend to his flock.He finds it effective to appear unconventional with youth and people who have been away from and on the fringes of the church. One way the 36-year-old Lubic does that is by not shutting himself off from popular culture. Not many priests can say their all-time favorite band is The Cure.Or that they listen to emo/pop/punk groups like Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional or even Christian pop/punk bands like Element 101. While older priests golf, Lubic enjoys karaoke nights out with friends.Music gives Lubic a natural point of connection to young parishioners. When he does regular school visits and teaches at Greensburg Central, Queen of Angels and Geibel, he often incorporates in his talks modern song lyrics that relate to Gospel messages.That helps the students understand how the Gospel touches their daily lives. Lubic hasn't let the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church affect his work with youth.He says "you can't live afraid of everything" and is upset that there is a tendency to paint all priests with the same brush. "It's a horrible wrong.The church covering up is reprehensible.Hopefully we've learned from the past." But, in his opinion, there is also an anti-Catholic bias in the media that results in banner headlines when a priest does wrong.He cites the fact that when a Methodist minister was accused of similar wrongdoings, it was a small article on the last page in a local daily newspaper. Bringing the next generation into the fold is important to the future of the church. "I encourage young Catholics to remain open to the possibility of a vocation," says Lubic. Previous generations entered the priesthood straight out of high school or earlier.The present generation is largely college educated, giving them a chance to experience the secular world. He feels those interested in vocations should finish college first, then enter a seminary or convent. "If God wants you, He's still going to be there when you're done." "The present generation of priests has been blessed because they have more experience in the world out there.In some ways, we may be better equipped to relate to some situations in people's lives." He is willing to talk to young people who are interested and encourages them to contact him at Lubic's time at St. Barbara is dependent on whether he is needed to serve elsewhere.He says he would not be surprised if the Most Rev. Anthony Bosco, bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, decides to move him to another parish by year's end.

?Chairman: Father Robert T. Lubic, pastor of the Connellsville Catholic Church Community - Immaculate Conception, St. John the Evangelist and St. Rita parishes


Father Bob Lubic, Chairman, Pator/administrator of three partner parishes in Connellsville

Board of Trust Administrators

Fr. Bob Lubic - chairman and pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Connellsville, administrator of St. John the Evangelist and St. Rita parishes, Connellsville.
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